Friday, November 12, 2010

Soup is Super!

Here is a question I recently received from

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last spring. I enjoy eating hearty soups in the fall and winter months. Can I still eat soup? Are there any soups that are better for me to eat than others?

Soup can be a great meal or snack, as long as you do your research! Studies have shown that soup can actually increase your satiety if eaten prior to a meal. However, use these tips to help you select a healthy option.

*If you can, make your own soup! Canned or ready made soups are usually high in sodium, so be sure to investigate the nutrition facts prior to purchasing and consuming.
*Be careful with "Low sodium" or "Reduced sodium" soups. Read food labels before purchasing. These products often contain a significant amount of sodium and claims are based upon reductions from the original product.
*Choose broth-based soups over cream based soups.
*Add lean proteins to soup, such as beans, lentils, fish, ans chicken to make a complete meal. Beans and lentils will also boost fiber intake.
*Add plenty of non-starchy vegetables to soup to increase vegetable consumption and get those 5 daily servings in.

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